Country of origin: Kenya
Program: Photography and Social Justice
While working as a staff photographer with The Standard, a Kenyan newspaper, Boniface Mwangi became known as "the eye of Kenyans'" for his coverage of the 2007/8 post-election violence. Since his Photography and Social Justice fellowship in 2011, Boniface has become one of Kenya's most known human rights activists. Boniface is a senior TED fellow, has twice won the CNN Multichoice Africa Photojournalist of the Year Award, and in 2014 New African Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Africans. Dedicated to ending corruption and building a new Kenya, he ran as a candidate in 2017 for the Starehe constituency member of Parliament seat in Kenya's general elections. Boniface has started impactful initiatives such as Team Courage, a movement that aims to instill a sense of hope and self-belief in a generation of young change makers and PAWA254, a hub for creatives in Kenya where journalists, artists, and activists find innovative ways of achieving social change.